Britain’s Got Talent has become embroiled in a ‘copycat’ row after singing magician Lewis Fuller was accused of ‘ripping off’ a routine during his audition.
The performer, 24, stunned viewers with his impressive audition last month, which included a woman that levitated and disappeared.
But now illusionist Jamie Allan has claimed Lewis act is ‘ripping off’ a similar one he’d performed a decade earlier.
Jamie told The Sun that there are similarities between Lewis’ act and his own, particularly given his use of holograms during the show.
He said: ‘I was watching it through and I thought, ‘OK that’s really good’. I thought it was great actually and it was only at the end when the girl rose up and I thought, ‘Oh no he’s not going to do the end of my bit, is he?’
Drama! Britain’s Got Talent has become embroiled in a ‘copycat’ row after singing magician Lewis Fuller (left) was accused of ‘ripping off’ a routine (right) during his audition
Nope! The performer missed out on a spot in the BGT finals on Tuesday, despite another impressive magic trick
‘When that happened I thought, ”That’s such a unique effect, that’s never been done anywhere else.” Then when you look back on the rest of it, you can see the similarities.’
‘It’s just it’s frustrating when you see regular people saying, ”This is fantastic. It’s so creative. So original.” You think, ”Well, I did it 10 years ago”.’
Lewis missed out on a spot in the BGT final after competing in Tuesday’s semi-final.
Jamie added that he has met Lewis on a couple of occasions, and admitted it’s ‘difficult’ when audiences believe he got his magic ideas from the young performer.
Ideas themselves cannot be protected by copyright and Jamie admitted that the ‘law is very, very fuzzy’ when it comes to protecting magic tricks.
He also told the publication that Lewis was aware of his work as he previously bought his book, and he spent over a decade and nearly £100,000 honing his act.
Jamie also said he received support from BGT runner-up Marc Spelmann who finished second in 2019.
A representative for Lewis told the publication: ‘These claims are false and damaging to Lewis’ career.
Floating away! The performer stunned viewers with his impressive audition last month, which included a woman that levitated and disappeared
See the difference? But now illusionist Jamie Allan has claimed Lewis act is ‘ripping off’ a similar one he’d performed a decade earlier (pictured)
Claims: Jamie (right) also told the publication that Lewis (pictured in his audition left) was aware of his work as he previously bought his book
‘To allude that Lewis’ act is not his own, is completely false. Lewis did not purchase the book ahead of his audition, and therefore it has no significance to Lewis’ BGT act.
‘He deserves to have his moment without false accusations being made.’
Many BGT viewers claimed they’d figured out Lewis’ magic trick during Tuesday’s semi-final.
He returned to the stage in a bid to gain a spot in the grand final with his unique combination of singing and magic.
However, he failed to impress with his teleportation and telepathy trick, with viewers slamming it as ‘boring’ and ‘cheesy’.
He asked judges Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell to pick song titles out of a bag, which he then guessed correctly.
Using Amanda’s ring, Lewis set it alight to represent her song choice, Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash.
He then performed Simon’s song and used his teleportation skills as he appeared to move around the stage whilst singing.
The magician then seemed to vanish and then suddenly appear behind the judges at the end.
But viewers at home complained that the solution to the trick was obvious, stating that the images of Lewis on stage were clearly pre-recorded videos.
One said: ‘He used a pre record of himself on the box, went down the trap door and there ya have it?’
Another agreed, saying: ‘Lewis Fuller – his audition was way better, like 100 times better. The boxes on stage were just video’.
Really? Many BGT viewers claimed they’d figured out Lewis’ magic trick during Tuesday’s semi-final
No? He failed to impress with his teleportation and telepathy trick, with viewers slamming it as ‘boring’ and ‘cheesy’
Others echoed that his audition had been superior, with one writing: ‘Shame about Lewis Fuller. If he had done what he had in the audition, he’d have won the entire night. Amanda and Alesha ruined his act by calling it ‘too cheesy’.’
Another added: ‘Lewis is great – however I found his audition better then this performance. The magic was too drawn out from the beginning and I’m not keen on his voice either. He should just stick with the magic and that’s it. The singing isn’t needed.’
But several fans praised Lewis’ efforts, with one tweeting: ‘Honestly first half was a bit underwhelming, but when he did the singing and magic from his audition again it was utterly astounding. No idea how Lewis Fuller does any of that magic.’
Lewis failed to make it to the final, with the two spots being taken by Viggo Venn and Olivia Lynes instead.